Gay House Records
Scope and Content
The Gay House Records (1971-1975) includes associated documents, correspondence, and organizational documents, news articles, a pamphlets, and photographs. The photographs include photographs of Cindy Hanson, the Director of Gay House, David Christian, and Michael McConnell, as well as photographs of the damage to a painting and the Gay House softball team.
- Creation: 1971-1975
Language of Materials
Collection material in English
Restrictions on Access
Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
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Gay House, an early gay community center in Minneapolis co-founded by John Preston and Michael McConnell in 1971. It was founded using a grant from four Protestant churches and members of the University of Minnesota student group F.R.E.E. (FREE/Fight Repression of Erotic Expression). The Gay House functioned as an office building and a community center and offered a meeting space and a rest location for young people who were coming to terms with their identity. A hotline, set up by Jim Frost and John Preston, was run by volunteers and offered counseling services to troubled youth. Michael McConnell helped set up a community-run queer library, the first on the Upper Midwest. The Gay House was located at the corner of 18th Street and Nicollet Avenue, but eventually moved to South Minneapolis
1 box (0.21 cubic feet)
The Gay House records, 1971-1975 includes associated documents, news articles, a pamphlets, and photographs.
Source of acquisition
The Gay House Records were donated by the OutFront organization
The Gay House records, 1971-1975 was processed by Jennifer Shaw in 2014 as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Gay House records, 1971-1975
- Jennifer Shaw
- October, 2014
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English